Recently, at a large dance teacher's convention, I was fortunate enough to have time off from teaching to both take classes from other teachers and to observe dancers and teachers in class. One thing that struck me was the lack of focus on proper alignment in starting positions. While these often subtle differences don't usually cause an injury, they do set the body up for less than optimal movement - why would we want to prepare our students for class this way?
Since many warm ups…Continue
Added by abc for dance on August 16, 2017 at 12:37am — No Comments
I've been asked before, when can I give a class and I always have to explain that I don't "give class". It's not because give may imply that there is no charge for this service, because I will often do pro bono work for different organizations. It's because I choose to teach a class, not…Continue
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This recipe is modified from a NY Times recipe - "Pan Baked Lemon- Almond Tart". I played around with the recipe trying to figure out how to boost the good fats that our bodies need to recover from dance. Fats are part of the composition of all cell membranes, so eating better fat choices will help build healthier and more efficient cellular function. Healthy fats are also important for tendon health. Free range eggs and grass fed butter will improve the ratio of Omega 3 - Omega 6 fatty…Continue
Added by abc for dance on January 12, 2017 at 11:00pm — No Comments
Here's a version of Mac and Cheese that keeps the comfort food aspects in but also improves the nutritional profile so that it can be healthy meal option. This particular version freezes well, so to save some precious time, make a double or triple batch and freeze in individual glass containers for those times life is too crazy to cook from scratch.
Makes 4 servings
2 cups of butternut squash in approximately 1 inch…
Added by abc for dance on January 6, 2017 at 7:00pm — No Comments
This post is based on the Progressions for Progress class that I recently taught at the Dance Teacher Summit in NYC and Long Beach. With the positive feedback from the class, I decided to write this up as a blog post so that I can share it with more people. The process used here can easily be adapted for all dance steps. To clarify the step being deconstructed, this link will take you…Continue
Added by abc for dance on August 10, 2016 at 12:45am — No Comments
I was recently asked to present a few classes at a small conference geared towards hypnotists, not my normal dance, exercise, anatomy type of student to be sure. During the time spots I wasn't presenting, I was welcome to participate in classes that other people were presenting and these ran the…Continue
Added by abc for dance on March 17, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments
Straps can be a problem. Even though many costumes and undergarments come with adjustable straps now, they aren't really invisible. The clear plastic straps look shiny on stage and break easily, the "nude" straps don't seem to match anyone's skin tones. Solution? Make your own invisible straps.
1. Take the clear plastic straps that you want to replace and remove the fittings from them.…Continue
Added by abc for dance on May 26, 2015 at 6:16am — No Comments
Need a pair of pink pointe shoes to turn black (or one of many other colors)? Conventional dye can be tricky as it's quite wet and the shoes can soften too much from it (not ideal if you have your shoes at the perfect broken in level). Fabric paint is a less than ideal…Continue
Added by abc for dance on May 23, 2015 at 6:45pm — No Comments
I recently shared an article about a competition routine danced by 8 year old dancers that appeared in a prominent news source. The article was reflecting on the appropriateness or lack of that was demonstrated in this dance. I was absolutely floored that within 48 hours the post had reached just under 19,000 people and generated almost 100 likes, comments and shares combined. It's obviously a hot button topic. The overwhelming response was that the act was inappropriate for that age…Continue
Added by abc for dance on April 11, 2015 at 9:40am — No Comments
Very few of us are just a dancer or just a dance teacher, we are usually trying to juggle many different roles at the same time and it can be challenging. When I owned my studio I was constantly switching between studio owner, teacher, choreographer, office manager, grant writer, artistic…Continue
Added by abc for dance on January 18, 2015 at 11:34am — No Comments
Keeping your studio or company name in front of the public is a challenge for most dancers. Paid advertising can be effective, but costly and sometimes it's hard to know how to get exposure otherwise.
The adage "You don't get something for nothing" is pretty much spot on when you are looking at marketing, but…Continue
Added by abc for dance on January 10, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Dancing in heels is nothing new. Throughout the history of many dance styles heels seem to come in and out of fashion. Historical pictures have documented dancers in heels going back as far as the middle ages for both male and female dancers for social dances, but it's only been recently where I've seen classes…Continue
Added by abc for dance on January 3, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments
What to do when it's 4 degrees out and you have only a pile of camisole leotards? Convert a camisole leotard into a long sleeve leo by upcycling a sweater that has a pull or run in it.
1. FInd a sweater you are no longer using as a sweater due to a pull or run in the body (or other reason, like lots of holiday designs on the front).
2. Carfully remove the sleeve along the seam line at the shoulder. This works best with a sweater that has normal inset sleeves (the sleeve…Continue
Added by abc for dance on January 7, 2014 at 10:20pm — No Comments
A simple craft that will help absorb odors and moisture from your shoes while helping the shoes to retain their shape. Please note that a mesh fabric was used for demonstration purposes only. To avoid dust in your shoes, use a slightly tighter weave fabric - muslin would be a good choice.
1. Cut a rectangle of fabric that is as wide as the inside of your shoe and twice as long as the area you want to cover. To be effective you want to cover at least the front half of the…Continue
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Lay on your side with your bottom and shoulders against a wall. Most people will not have their back all of the way against the wall. Bend your bottom elbow and allow your head to rest on your arm to help…Continue
Added by abc for dance on December 22, 2013 at 11:00pm — No Comments
A fun and easy craft for any dancer old enough to use scissors.
You will need 1 paper ballerina for each project. Here is a link to the drawing that I used for my ballerina base arabesque.docx
An additional sheet of paper and a pair of scissors is also needed to complete the project.
1. If using the…Continue
Added by abc for dance on December 20, 2013 at 10:19pm — No Comments
You will need an 8 inch piece of fabric - sheer works well, a fabric marker or pen, scissors, a 2.25 inch metal barrette, hair elastic, needle and thread, a 7 - 7.5 inch circle to use as a pattern and optional items to decorate the finished bun cover.
1. Trace around your circular object to draw the shape on the wrong…Continue
Added by abc for dance on December 20, 2013 at 12:12am — No Comments
Dancer's Over 40 presented their tribute to choreographer / director Ron Field this evening at the St. Luke's Theatre in NYC. It was an incredible slice of dance and theatre history that left me sad for a generation of dancers who probably aren't aware of the amazing body of work created by Mr. Field and the dancers who brought his visions to life.
As a dancer, Ron Field appeared in Gentleman Prefer Blondes, Kismet and The Boy Friend. Switching over to choreography his debut was…Continue
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